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Import/Export

United States to Philippines

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Philippines. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Permit from Department of Transportation & Communication (DOTC) is required.
Shipments require Health Certificate or Veterinary Quarantine certificate and Import permit from Bureau of Animal and Industry (BAI).
Tax Exemption Certificate from Department of Finance is needed to enjoy the duty and tax free importation.
Shipment requires permit from International Coffee Organization.

Non-roasted coffee bean will need permit from Bureau of Plant and Industry.

Shipments require permit from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), (for example, Toluene, Acetone, methyl ketene).
Shipments of cosmetics are subject to clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drugs.
Shipments of dairy are subject to clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drugs.
Urgent medicine shipments must state "Immediate Customs Release" on the pre-alert and on the invoice.

Medicines of a commercial nature, used for pharmaceutical testing (non-urgent) require an Authority to Import Certificate from FDA (Food and Drug Administration) prior to the arrival of the shipment.
If it is for personal use only, to be consumed within 3 months only no need for FDA certificate.

Approval from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Shipments of films require an Import Permit from the Movie, Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)and OMB (Optical Media Board). An extra specific tax will be assessed of .70 PHP linear meter.
Shipments of fish and fish products require an import permit, clearance from quarantine and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources or MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority).
Shipments of food are subject to clearance from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
Permit from Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP) is required.
Bureau of Food and Drug (BFAD)  Certificate of Product of Registration (CPR) is required.
Bureau of Food and Drug (BFAD)  Certificate of Product of Registration (CPR) is required.
Import Permit from Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) is required.
Urgent medicine shipments must state on the pre-alert and on the invoice "Immediate Customs Release".

Medicines of a commercial nature, used for pharmaceutical testing (non-urgent) requires an Authority to Import Certificate from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to the arrival of the shipment.
If it is for personal use only, to be consumed within 3 months only no need for FDA certificate.

Shipments of military equipment require an import permit from the Department of National Defense, Philippine National Police (PNP), Firearms and Explosive Division (FED).
Shipment requires import permit from Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA).
Shipments of nutritional supplements are subject to clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Shipments of pharmaceuticals are subject to clearance from Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Shipments require Import Permit from BPI (Bureau of Plant and Industry) Plant Quarantine Service (BPI-PQS).
Shipments of radios and radio equipment require clearance from the National Telecommunication Commissions (NTC).
Shipments require approval from National Food Authority (NFA).
Shipments of satellite equipment require clearance and an import permit from the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC).
Shipments of smoked salmon require quarantine, if in commercial quantity, and clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drugs.
Shipments of sugar or any pre-mixed sugar concentrates requires a Laboratory Report or Certificate of Analysis from Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) of Philippines.
Shipments of tapes require an import permit from the Optical Media Board (OMB).
Shipments of high frequency telephone equipment requires clearance or an import permit from the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC).
Shipments of videos require an import permit from the Optical Media Board (OMB).
Shipments of vitamins are subject to clearance from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

Import of Alcoholic beverages into Philippines is permitted via ISC contract service.

Personal purchase - reasonable quantity guideline is eight (8) 750 ml bottles and only one bottle for each kind of alcoholic beverage.

However, person coming in the Philippines may brought two bottles in order for it to be duty free.

Includes the following (this is not all inclusive and only a guideline): Military Aircraft parts, Military Motor vehicles, Tanks, night vision goggles', weapons, firearms, Artillery, Ammunition, Missiles, Explosives, military training equipment and protective personnel equipment, military electronics, space systems, Nuclear Weapons, Submersible vessels.
  • The export or import of defense articles which fall under the US State Department (DDTC) or ITAR control require special care to ensure shipments are presented to US Customs at the time of exportation or importation.
  • Failure to do so may result in penalties, seizure of the shipment.
  • Shippers who fail to provide the proper documentation and export details will have shipments returned to the shipper immediately.

UPS has compliance responsibilities under Export Administrator Regulations (EAR) and must know their customers and be aware of suspicious circumstances that may be present in an export transaction.

State Department Controlled shipments are those shipments which require either a State Department License (SDL) or SDL Exemption, also referred to as ITAR shipments.)

UPS (small package) State Department License (SDL) or State Department License Exemption (SDL Exemption) controlled shipments are prohibited to and from this country or territory.

Please note that UPS Freight Forwarding can address the customer's delivery needs by transporting these restricted shipments via alternate routes that bypass China.

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

A FDA [Food and Drug Administration Permit,CPR (Certificate of product Registration) and DOH (Department of Health authorisation from the importer] are required to import.

For personal use, maximum of 1 to 3 items (No permit needed).

An Adult Signature-over 18-is Required for delivery.

Gambling devices are prohibited.
Any form of toy gun or gun replica is prohibited.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

Restricted Imports/Exports are goods which may be imported or exported ONLY when authorized by law or regulation. As provided under the CMTA, the following are restricted imports/exports:

    1. Dynamite, gunpowder, ammunitions and other explosives, firearms and weapons of war, or parts thereof;

    2. Roulette wheels, gambling outfits, loaded dice, marked cards, machines, apparatus or mechanical devices used in gambling or the distribution of money, cigars, cigarettes or other goods when such distribution is dependent on chance, including jackpot and pinball machines or similar contrivances, or parts thereof;

    3. Lottery and sweepstakes tickets, except advertisements thereof and lists of drawings therein;

    4. Marijuana, opium, poppies, coca leaves, heroin or other narcotics or synthetic drugs which are or may hereafter be declared habit forming by the President of the Philippines, or any compound, manufactured salt, derivative, or preparation thereof, except when imported by the government of the Philippines or any person duly authorized by the Dangerous Drugs Board, for medicinal purposes;

    5. Opium pipes or parts thereof, of whatever material; and

    6. Weapons of Mass Destruction and goods included in the National Strategic Goods List (NSGL) as provided under Republic Act No. 10697 or the Strategic Trade Management Act (STMA)

    7. Toxic and hazardous goods under Republic Act No. 6969 or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990

    8. Any other goods whose importation and exportation are restricted. The restriction to import or export the above states goods shall include the restriction on their transit.

    The restriction to import or export the above states goods shall include the restriction on their transit.

    Regulated and Restricted Goods under CMO (Customs Memorandum Order) 9-2021 Clearance Procedure on Express shipment Document


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